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Former Volunteer Business Administrator for the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.

I have also been a technical writer, computer magazine tech journalist, music critic and music journalist, copywriter and publicist, and professional musician.


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comment How can I produce any melody on my guitar as effortlessly as I do with my voice?
Practice, practice, practice. First "hear" the melody inside your head. Then sing the melody out loud. Then sing along with the melody as you are picking each note on the guitar. Listen to jazz guitarist George Benson and rock bassist Oteil Burbridge -- they do this all the time.
Mar
22
comment How are intervals defined and measured?
In addition to understanding what intervals are, you will also want to understand the concept of the scale degree of each chord in a given key, the quality of the chord that goes with each scale degree, and how certain chord progressions work with regard to the concepts of resolution and cadence.
Mar
22
comment Looking at the fretboard is ruining my stage presence
Practice playing while looking yourself in the eye in a mirror. Then practice playing while recording video of yourself on your cell phone, while looking straight at the lens. Play back the video and confirm that you don't look away from the lens. When you get on stage, find a place in the audience where you can look and try to keep eye contact with people (if the stage lighting permits this).
Mar
16
comment I want to learn to play a specific song on the piano
I think this would be worth a try! But it will have to be a patient, committed try.
Mar
15
comment I want to learn to play a specific song on the piano
Playing an instrument in public for the first time is something that causes stress and anxiety. If you attempt this at your father's memorial service, you may also be overcome with emotion, and it is not possible to play an instrument well if you are overcome with emotion. I applaud your desire to honor your father, but I believe you would be setting yourself up for a terrible time of stress and anxiety if you play piano at his memorial service. I suggest you find some other way to honor him on that day.
Mar
14
comment How can I make a note repeat endlessly when I hold down a key in Garageband?
No, you misunderstand the use of the term. The term "virtual instrument" refers to all computer apps that can be played like a musical instrument, regardless of their platform or format. "Audio Unit" or AU, is the name of Apple's plug-in architecture. Other plug-in formats include VST (Steinberg) and RTAS (Avid Pro Tools). So virtual instruments may be stand-alone apps, and/or plug-ins in VST or AU or RTAS or many other formats. And many virtual instrument apps are available from their creator in multiple plug-in formats.
Mar
13
comment How do I train myself to sing pure vowels?
Trust me. Being a native speaker of English makes it extremely hard to learn to voice the five pure vowels (as in Latin, Spanish and Italian) consistently. English has about 16 vowel sounds, and we English speakers find it very hard to banish our dipthongs and extraneous vowels from our myriad regional English accents when we sing certain other languages.
Mar
4
comment Confusion about major and minor second intervals
Have you actually played a major scale or a minor scale on an instrument yourself, or are you just reading about scales on a website or in a book ? If you would actually play a few scales on your instrument, you would hear the distinction and you would answer your own question.
Feb
19
comment Traveling or moving neck bow
Contact the Godin company customer service department and ask about authorized repair work and whether or not it is covered by their warranty.
Feb
11
comment Why is the lowest note on the piano an A?
@MeaningfulUsername, I have modified my answer to make my point more clearly.
Feb
11
comment Why is the lowest note on the piano an A?
No, notes below the low "A" on a conventional 88-key piano are certainly not below the range of human hearing. See my answer.
Feb
9
comment Chest voice & Head voice? Or Chest voice, Throat voice AND Head Voice?
You need some lessons with a qualified voice teacher. These are matters that can't be quantified in writing on a site such as this. You need to interact with another human being, over several lessons, to shape the technique necessary to control all this and get the best sound out of your voice.
Feb
8
comment Connecting guitar to Amplitube
A RockSmith is not a "jack to USB cable". It is an active electronic device called a digital audio interface, or more properly and analog-to-digital converter. Good digital audio interfaces cost a good deal of money. There is no "cable" solution for connecting a guitar to a cheap laptop computer.
Feb
8
comment Taking up piano exams
I wish to make the point that it is the questioner's responsibility to provide links and details, rather than to expect answerers to go searching for references or make guesses about the questioner's context in asking.
Feb
7
comment Taking up piano exams
What does "trinity guildhall" mean? What country do you live in? We on this site live in different countries all over the world. We have no idea what you are talking about unless you explain it to us. Could you provide a link to a website with information about this exam? What kind of "keyboard" do you have, and what are its capabilities? More details would be helpful.
Feb
7
comment Problem determining vocal range
Keep singing, and keep taking lessons with an instructor. You will figure out your true range eventually but until then you can simply keep making music.
Feb
3
comment Why did composers write atonally?
There was a certain time in history when some very bold composers decided to break out and do something completely different and unheard-of, because they were tired of writing conventional music and did not want to sound like anybody else. It was a bold experiment with only limited success, but it succeeded in pushing the boundaries of what we call music, and left later composers much more free to explore new ideas.
Feb
2
comment What is the importance of vocal vibrato?
It is physiological and has to do with letting the larynx operate more efficiently to produce greater volume from the vibrating air throughout the parts if the body that we call the vocal apparatus. It is not the only factor in producing a sound that can cut through an orchestra, but it is important.
Feb
2
comment What is the importance of vocal vibrato?
"Vibrato" is the modulation of pitch in the voice. It's a soft, narrow, rapid fluctuation of the pitch of the notes while singing. "Tremolo" is the modulation of volume in the voice. The singing technique you are referring to is vibrato. Using real tremolo in singing is not a standard technique.
Jan
28
comment How can one restore a very old guitar?
Greetings from the state of Georgia, United States of America, where I live. Welcome to Music: Practice & Theory.